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Series: The Witching Pen Novellas #2
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Seven days ago, Elizabeth May tried to commit suicide. She was found by Paul, her husband, who took her under his wing and back to their home. But the attempted suicide is not Elizabeth’s main problem — Elizabeth can’t remember who she is, or a single thing about her life beyond the past week.
Plagued by nightmares about a familiar black panther, and a terrifying snow leopard, she is convinced that the dreams are trying to show her something important, and is determined to regain her memories, one way or another.
Meanwhile, Pueblo — the demon blood-bonded to the witch, Amy — is going insane trying to find her. Amy disappeared one week ago, and it seems not even their bond is strong enough to penetrate whatever magic hides her.
As Pueblo enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to piece together parts of her forgotten life. But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is … for good.
This second installment in the Witching Pen novellas was a far cry from the surprising and engaging story I came to know and love in the first. Of course all the old flaws are still there from the previous book, but since there’s a certain something missing in this one–my interest, for starters–they glared at me the whole way through and outshined my ability to enjoy it. That being said, it was still pretty interesting, and I like how the first strings of the next story’s primary focused folded into the dénouement of this one, much the same as the first book. I’m interested in the next story, but I’m not quite as interested I was after finishing The Witching Pen. Still wanna see where it goes, though.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they’ve always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.
Elena’s beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother’s about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.
So this was really cute, short and sweet. It felt better developed than The Sands of Time, which I read shortly after this. I also liked the return of focus to Karl and Elena, even though it was to their youth. A nice look into the past, better than expected.